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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mama Loves Her Little Son (Picture Book)

Released March 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

It is not often a children's author shares the inspiration for a book, but John Carter Cash is very forthcoming about where the idea originated for this work.

"When I was just a small boy, my mother would say to me, 'Momma loves her little son.' She often recalled to me how one day I turned to her and said, 'Son loves his little momma,'" Cash writes. "This is a book about a mother's unconditional love for her son, and of the common dreams they may share within that love. This love is the safest and most certain thing I have found in life. And from it comes an abundant beauty…"

The son of country music legends June Carter and Johnny Cash, the author is a five time Grammy winner for his work as a music producer. He also wrote a book about his mother entitled, "Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash", but this is his first foray into children's literature.

A mother's love knows no bounds and that central idea is underscored throughout this book in various ways. A mother's love is a strong as a great oak, as bright as a rainbow, as tough as a rhino's hide and as tall as a mountain. A mother will sing to her child, hold him "safe and tight" and each day her loves grows more and more.

At times the rhymed text of this tribute to the bond between a mother and son is a little forced and clumsy, but, as we often say, "It is the thought that counts!" The sentiment is sincere and the illustrations by Marc Burckhardt capture the warm feelings John Carter Cash is trying to evoke. So, all in all, this is a nicely executed picture book that mothers and their children can enjoy reading aloud together.

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